Thailand Blogs – July 09 Review

Nong Nooch

On a personal note July was a winning month for Beyond The Mango Juice with site visits hitting the 3000 mark for the first time, a milestone that I didn’t expect to achieve in the blogs first year. Moving straight on to this month’s review and the photographs were all taken at Nong Nooch Tropical and Botanical Gardens near Pattaya, Chonburi.

812009_91502 AMWedding bells are where we start the July review with a look at a traditional Thai marriage day, with a little screaming and shouting as part of the customary way. My Thai Friend and Thai Marriage and Sin Sod Ceremony literally walk us down the aisle in this excellent account of a Thai couple’s marriage day.

There’s troubled times for Pete on his long awaited return to Thailand but not from the Land of Smiles. FrogBlog  Thaidings and Coming ‘home’ to Thailand – ups and downs explains it all.

Staying on the theme of trouble takes us to Saraburi and the works office. Jonny Foreigner has a large bill and a big headache in Stitched up like a good ‘un. In Thailand changing your job means changing your work permit but Jon’s employer had assured him everything was okay. Jon with aid from his wife starts the long process of putting it right.

I hate Rats is the opening shot in more ways than one in my pick of the month from Life in rural Thailand. Do Thai’s eat them, check out MeMock’s offering that comes with a photo that answers the question in a most conclusive way.

At one time last year she had 92 kids there, some orphans, disabled, homeless, crippled, blind, deaf, unwanted kids along with a few ladies that live there and help out with the kids…’

The abhove is an extract from a truly moving post from Retired in Thailand And Loving It. Malcolm and Ciejay visit the Bamboo School where nurse and midwife Kat devotes her time and energy into caring for those in need. Once again Malcolm attaches some lovely photos to the post.

Wonderful WiIf you want to learn how to speak the Thai language with your tongue firmly in your cheek then visit Thailand, Land of Smiles and find out how. Has Talen finally gone ga ga with his post I Learned to Speak Thai Fluently & You Can Too, take a pinch of salt and swallow hard before you visit this excellent post from the American blog master.

Let’s stay on the language theme and visit Women Learning Thai…and some men too. Blog author Catherine always manages to get her man….perhaps I should explain that a little better. Catherine has lately posted some inspiring interviews with successful Thai language experts and the Chris Pirazzi Interview is another that offers great insight into the methods and means required to start you on your Thai language learning voyage.

My final port of call in Thailand sees us set down anchor next to the Thai Pirate and one of my favourite posts of July. Travelling back 1000 years in time (with a push bike ) is a story that will have you guessing to the very end. There’s commotion and dogs barking in the thick undergrowth at the back of his house and Ben gets a nasty surprise when he tramples through the bushes to investigate.

Nong Nooch

My look at the world blog scene starts with Bulgarian Slivatree – An Expatriates Eye in Bulgaria andFlies In Bulgaria – They’ve Won. Martin has had to learn to live with flies landing in his food and sharing his drink with them but with the weather now having warmed considerably in Bulgaria he really is fighting a losing battle against the pests that he detests. Martin calls it a cultural phobia but I’d say it was just damn annoying, wing your way over to Martin’s excellent blog and make up your own mind.

Have you got a head for heights, if you have then check out a dizzying post from A Malaysian Abroad that looks down on Chicago from the Sears Tower. Last day for vertigo at the Sears Tower looks down from the novel public glass ledges at Chicago’s latest tourist attraction.

WiThis review is stretching out a bit and Adullamite and Cruel Women ! are a reminder to me that short posts can be just as effective as lengthier ones. A pocket-sized post with the kitchen sink thrown in is a strange description, so roll up your sleeves and check out Adullamite’s proven wit.

Once again France is the last stop in a look at  my best picks for July on my World Blogroll and we start with Frances and France and the Unknown.  If like me you adore dogs then you’ll love Puppy grows up and guards against Light Monster which is beautifully written and has the added bonus of a very funny video at the end.

Having given up his career as a chemist, Jon is now teaching English in France but he still cannot let go of his natural compulsion to chemicals and…smells. Jon lists his top three odours that say most about France in Twenty Great Smells. Left click and grab another slice of wonderful wit from The Vendee Blog.

My guest spot for this month goes to Emm in London who recounted her recent holiday in New York with a series of posts throughout July. The easiest place to start is at the suitably named post New York day 1 which sees Emm arriving at JFK airport and then heading into the Big Apple. An excellent read and the later posts contain some stunning photos from the big city.

That’s it from Beyond The Mango Juice and the July review. Left click and enjoy.


I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

17 Responses

  1. A great read once again. Thanks Martyn 🙂
    .-= Ben Shingleton´s last blog ..Travelling back 1000 years in time (with a push bike) =-.

  2. Mike says:

    HD a great review and dare I say it some super photographs. Although July has been unusually wet and miserable here, yourself and all the other bloggers mentioned have always brightened my days with their offerings.

    BTW congrats on the big 30!

  3. Malcolm says:

    Martyn, I don’t know how you do it ,but you make your reviews as interesting as some stories I have read on the web and blogs. Thanks for the scoop and the kind words and I know all the bloogers you follow feel the same way.hope all is well up your way and I can hear the Thai spirits calling you home ,it want be long now. Cheers (I’ve wanted to say that for a long time )Malcolm
    .-= Malcolm´s last blog ..THE FRUIT THE THAI’S CALL NOI NA—SUGAR APPLE =-.

  4. Martin In Bulgaria says:

    An more than entertaining review Martyn as always. Yet again thanks for paragraph and the mention! Height of the season here and exhausting with it I owe you in visits, but then when autumn comes I will be palying catch up big time.
    Take care
    .-= Martin In Bulgaria´s last blog ..July And August In Bulgaria – Very Hot And Usually No Rain =-.

  5. thailand is very nice this time of year
    .-= Rays Travel Report´s last blog ..Costa Rica =-.

  6. Hoo Don says:

    I will get round to replying to all your comments asap but I have got to get through one more nightshift first. Absolutely cream crackered.

  7. Check out Bangkok throughly (Grand Palace, Jatujak weekend market, Khao San road at night, river tour of the Chao Praya river (day and night) + floating market. If have time visit Ayuthaya (ancient city) and Pattaya (beach resort) both are just two hours from Bangkok.
    .-= Professional website design´s last blog ..Outstanding Web designing solutions =-.

  8. Talen says:

    Great photos martin…make me homesick. Great read as well you always do your due diligence to bring out the best of the month. Many thanks for including me in with such great articles.

    Post more pictures!
    .-= Talen´s last blog ..Western Perceptions & Thai Realities =-.

  9. Catherine says:

    Martyn, I left a comment here awhile ago… do you have it tucked away somewhere?

    (the comment grimlins always get me…)
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Learning Thai is More Than a Study of Words & Grammar – Part 2 =-.

  10. Hoo Don says:

    Ben I really enjoyed your post it kept me enthralled to the end, must be my love of dogs and fear of those other things.

    Mike I can’t believe my photos got a compliment, actually they were taken with WW’s camera. It’s wet and miserable here at least you’ll come out of it.

    Malcolm no problem about the plug, always a pleasure. The spirits are calling me home, old Jack Daniels perhaps.

  11. Hoo Don says:

    Martin it’s the height of my work season at the moment as I’m earning the money for my next trip. You don’t owe me any visits just make sure you keep your dream alive.

    Talen those photos are going to go red with embarrassment if this continues. A great post from you and I hope a few readers click on it.

    Catherine I did delete one of your comments a while back but this time I am unaware of doing so but knowing me….sorry.

  12. Catherine says:

    No prob. My head is just a bit fuzzy from my trip (drugs to clear up eating the wrong things do that to me) so remembering exactly what I wrote would be futile.

    But it was fun following up on all the posts you posted about, so double thanks again from me 🙂
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Interviewing Successful Thai Language Learners: Tom Parker =-.

  13. Hoo Don says:

    Catherine thanks for the stay of execution. I have just been reading your Due South report on Myanmar and we are not talking the Benton Fraser TV series, glad you survived it and the street stalls of Bangkok must now seem like a la carte restaurants. Have a good day.

  14. Emm says:

    Wooo. Thanks for featuring me! I feel quite honoured. 🙂
    .-= Emm´s last blog ..New York day 3: Grand Central, New York Public Library and Rockerfeller Center =-.

  15. Hoo Don says:

    Emm thanks for viewing BTMJ once again and I really do want to include your wonderful site in my sidebar but it is rather lengthy as it is and anymore inclusions will mean my monthly review getting even longer. I am thinking of having a ‘Other Recommended Reads’ blogroll and Emm in London will definitely be included. Thanks.

  16. john says:

    i found a couple of new blogs and posts i had missed so will look forward to this update every month buddy
    keep up the good work i looked at my site panel for your widget link and we are sending you decent traffic from thai expat info
    .-= john´s last blog ..typical expat day in ban dung issan thailand part 1 =-.

  17. Hoo Don says:

    John I hope you enjoy your missed posts and thanks for the traffic you are driving this way. Any new readers are always welcome and hopefully I can keep a few of them coming back.

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